Welcome to my latest blog. I would like to congratulate CSO Alex Donne and PC Mike Griffiths who recently competed in the Police Sport UK Championships and were successful and are now the National Doubles Champions. Well done both!
I mentioned Operation Ash in my last blog. This is an initiative we conducted with our partners in the Lliswerry ward to address the increase of deliberate fire setting. During Phase One, we delivered over 400 leaflets to local homes and have been speaking to residents about the dangers of fire setting and providing information where they could safely dispose of waste to prevent this being discarded within the community and therefore providing opportunities for fires to be started. On 20th April, Phase Two of the operation was conducted at Newport East Community Centre. Many residents who had registered for the waste removal attended and local children had the opportunity to speak to fire officers and the local policing team, as well as using police and fire equipment. Thank you to all that came along and made it a fun day whilst incorporating a serious message.
Your team has continued to act upon the information you provide to help us to conduct warrants within the community. We recently searched houses in Caerleon and St Julian’s where Class A and B drugs were recovered. All offenders have been arrested pending court appearances for use and supply of controlled drugs. We have completed the Your Voice surveys and this remains a priority for us all and a crime we will continue to enforce. The full list of priorities as chosen by you, will be published in my next blog.
There has been an increase of anti-social behaviour within Alway and Lliswerry wards. This is being addressed by your teams through joint patrols with wardens. We are utilising the powers we have under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014. To date, 13 Community Protection Warnings have been issued to youths within the wards, these are used to prevent their conduct having a detrimental effect on the quality of life within the locality. Bespoke conditions are imposed by these warnings. If without a reasonable excuse these conditions are breached, then a Community Protection Notice (CPN) is then issued. We have issued 3 CPN’s. Two people have been arrested and placed before the court for breaching the notices. Interventions are put in place with Youth Services to ensure that we take a joint approach to try and provide support to families and individuals to direct them onto the right path.
The UCL Champions League trophy Tour came into Gwent on 9th May and your team attended the closed venue at Llanwern High to engage with the pupils and visitors. I also assisted the open event at Cwmbran Stadium where over 500 people attended to have a picture with the trophies. It was good to see so many children taking up the opportunity to play football on the pitches afterwards and special thanks to the volunteers and coaches from Newport County for their help.